Will Ashburner

Bill Richardson ixia@dcsi.net.au
Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:27:57 PST
I was talking to Will Ashburner not long ago at a garden show.
He is the proprietor of "Hancocks Daffodils "(and other bulbs), sells by 
mail order and at garden shows and events. Like him, I am an original 
member of the IBS group, started all those years ago by Rob Turley. Ah! 
doesn't time fly!!
Bill Richardson
West Gippsland
Victoria, Australia
Summer 10-30c at present

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joyce Miller" <Miller7398@comcast.net>
To: <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2011 7:14 AM
Subject: [pbs] O.T. Waxing nostalgic

>  This morning's email took me back a few years when International Bulb 
> Society was extant.  We had quite a few Ozzie members who had terrific 
> senses of humor. I looked forward to one member's post.  Will Ashburner 
> posted the Australian version of  the Darwin Awards.  Miss those guys. 
> Here are some US nominees with the ultimate winner.
>  Best wishes, Joyce Miller, Gresham, OR USDA 8.
>        The Darwin Award nominees are:
>        Nominee No. 1: [ San Jose Mercury News]:
>        An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former 
> girlfriend's windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun 
> discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.
>        Nominee No. 2: [ Kalamazoo Gazette]:
>        James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo , MI , was killed in March 
> as he was trying to repair what police describe as a "farm-type truck." 
> Burns got a friend to drive the truck on a highway while Burns hung 
> underneath so that he could ascertain the source of a troubling noise. 
> Burns' clothes caught on something, however, and the other man found Burns 
> "wrapped in the drive shaft."
>        Nominee No. 3: [ Hickory Daily Record]:
>        Ken Charles Barger, 47, accidentally shot himself to death in 
> December in Newton , NC . Awakening to the sound of a ringing telephone 
> beside his bed, he reached for the phone but grabbed instead a Smith 
> &Wesson 38 Special, which discharged when he drew it to his ear.
>        Nominee No. 4: [UPI, Toronto ]:
>        Police said a lawyer demonstrating the safety of windows in a 
> downtown Toronto skyscraper crashed through a pane with his shoulder and 
> plunged 24 floors to his death.? A police spokesman said Garry Hoy, 39, 
> fell into the courtyard of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower early Friday 
> evening as he was explaining the strength of the building's windows to 
> visiting law students. Hoy previously has conducted demonstrations of 
> window strength according to police reports. Peter Lawson, managing 
> partner of the firm Holden Day Wilson, told the Toronto Sun newspaper that 
> Hoy was "one of the best and brightest" of their 200-member lawyer 
> association.
>        Nominee No. 5: [The News of the Weird]:
>        Michael Anderson Godwin made News of the Weird posthumously. He had 
> spent several years awaiting South Carolina 's electric chair on a murder 
> conviction before having his sentence reduced to life in prison. While 
> sitting on a metal toilet in his cell attempting to fix his small TV set, 
> he bit into a wire and was electrocuted.
>        Nominee No. 6: [The Indianapolis Star]:
>        A cigarette lighter may have triggered a fatal explosion in Dunkirk 
> , IN. A Jay County man, using a cigarette lighter to check the barrel of a 
> muzzleloader, was killed Monday night when the weapon discharged in his 
> face, sheriff's investigators said. Gregory David Pryor, 19, died in his 
> parents' rural Dunkirk home at about 11:30 PM. Investigators said Pryor 
> was cleaning a 54-caliber muzzle-loader that had not been firing properly. 
> He was using the lighter to look into the barrel when the gunpowder 
> ignited.
>        Nominee No. 7: [Reuters, Mississauga , Ontario ]:
>        A man cleaning a bird feeder on the balcony of his condominium 
> apartment in this Toronto suburb slipped and fell 23 stories to his death. 
> "Stefan Macko, 55, was standing on a wheelchair when the accident 
> occurred," said Inspector Darcy Honer of the Peel Regional Police. "It 
> appears that the chair moved, and he went over the balcony," Honer said.
>        And, THIS one, you're going to LOVE!!
>        Finally, THE WINNER!!!: [ Arkansas Democrat Gazette]:
>        Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road 
> and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. 
> Woodruff County Deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after 
> midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38, 
> of Little Rock , were returning to Des Arc after a frog-catching trip.. On 
> an overcast Sunday night, Poole 's pickup truck headlights malfunctioned. 
> The two men concluded that the headlight fuse on the older-model truck had 
> burned out. As a replacement fuse was not available, Wallis noticed that 
> the ..22 caliber bullets from his pistol fitted perfectly into the fuse 
> box next to the steering-wheel column. Upon inserting the bullet the 
> headlights again began to operate properly, and the two men proceeded on 
> eastbound toward the White River Bridge .
>        After traveling approximately 20 miles, and just before crossing 
> the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged and struck Poole 
> in the testicles. The vehicle swerved sharply right, exited the pavement, 
> and struck a tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts and abrasions from the 
> accident but will require extensive surgery to repair the damage to his 
> testicles, which will never again operate as intended. Wallis sustained a 
> broken clavicle and was treated and released.
>        "Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls 
> off, or we might be dead," stated Wallis.
>        "I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the world, but 
> this is a first for me. I can't believe that those two would admit how 
> this accident happened," said Deputy Snyder.
>        Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia ( Poole 's wife) asked 
> how many frogs the boys had caught and did anyone get them from the truck?
>        Though Poole and Wallis did not die as a result of their 
> misadventure as normally required by Darwin Award Official Rules, it can 
> be argued that Poole did, in fact, effectively remove himself from the 
> gene pool.
>        Every day above ground is a good day! Better to be seen than 
> viewed.
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